Travel - Bangkok to Koh Tao

Getting to Koh Tao, the most popular travel options are either bus or train from Bangkok down to the port city of Chumphon to catch the high-speed ferry service over to to the island.

 

Our friends at Lomprayah offer a joint bus+boat ticket, travelling overnight from Bangkok to Chumphon by coach, then taking their high-speed Catarmaran service over to Koh Tao which takes only 2 hours.

By Bus

From Bangkok, the Lomprayah buses depart at 6.00am and 9.00pm daily. Both of these services arrive at Chumphon Pier in time for either the 7.30am or 1.00pm ferry service to Koh Tao.

The ferry crossing from Chumphon > Koh Tao takes around 2 hours.

Details, Contact & Booking: www.lomprayah.com.

By Train

From Bangkok, the more comfortable overnight sleeper trains depart from Hualumpong Station at 5.35pm, 6.20pm and 7.30pm. All of these services will arrive at Chumphon Station in time to catch the morning Lomprayah ferry at 7.30am.

There is a free shuttle service from Chumphon Station to the pier.

If you prefer not to travel overnight, afternoon trains from Bangkok will arrive in Chumphon between 9.30 - 12.00pm which would give you the option of one night in Chumphon and then catching the boat to Koh Tao the following day.

The train station in Bangkok is called "Sa-tarnee Hwalumpong" and any taxi will be able to take you there. Tickets can be bought at the station and it's advisable to arrive a couple of hours before.

All the trains below will stop at Chumphon station in plenty of time to catch the boat to Koh Tao. There are staff from Lomprayah waiting on the platform when you arrive.

Overnight Sleeper Trains

Train
From
Stops
Dep.
Arr.
173
Bangkok >
Nakhon Si Thammarat
Chumphon
17.35
02.58
167
Bangkok >
Kantang
Chumphon
18.30
03.28
85
Bangkok >
Nakhon Si Thammarat
Chumphon
19.30
04.23

Day Trains

Train
From
Stops
Dep.
Arr.
171
Bangkok >
Sungai Kolok
Chumphon
13.00
21.20
35
Bangkok >
Butterworth
Chumphon
14.45
22.45
37
Bangkok >
Sungai Kolok
Chumphon
15.10
23.24

The tourist information desk at the station entrance has local guys who all speak excellent English and can help you organise your tickets. This is a free service.

* Thai trains are notorious for arriving arrive later than advertised. Average arrival times are 60-90 mins late.

By Flight

The nearest airport to Koh Tao is on the neighbouring island of Koh Samui. Bangkok Airways have several daily direct flights from Bangkok Airport (Suvarnabhumi) to Koh Samui. Average price is approx. 4,900 THB (one way).

Alternatively, Nok Air have daily flights from Bangkok Airport (Don Muang) to Surat Thani which is far cheaper. Average price is approx. 1,200 THB (one way).

*Please note that getting to Koh Tao from Surat Thani takes a lot longer than from Koh Samui.

Bangkok Airways

Airline
From
To
Dep.
Arr.
Bangkok Air (a)
Bangkok
(BKK)
Koh Samui
06.00
07.05
Bangkok Air (a)
Bangkok
(BKK)
Koh Samui
06.30
07.35
Bangkok Air (a)
Bangkok
(BKK)
Koh Samui
07.30
08.35
Bangkok Air (a)
Bangkok
(BKK)
Koh Samui
08.10
09.15
Bangkok Air (a)
Bangkok
(BKK)
Koh Samui
08.30
09.35
Bangkok Air (a)
Bangkok
(BKK)
Koh Samui
09.00
10.30
Bangkok Air (a)
Bangkok
(BKK)
Koh Samui
09.40
10.45
Bangkok Air (a)
Bangkok
(BKK)
Koh Samui
10.15
11.45
Bangkok Air (a)
Bangkok
(BKK)
Koh Samui
11.00
12.05
Bangkok Air (a)
Bangkok
(BKK)
Koh Samui
11.45
12.50
Bangkok Air (a)
Bangkok
(BKK)
Koh Samui
12.15
13.20
Bangkok Air (b)
Bangkok
(BKK)
Koh Samui
13.45
14.50
Bangkok Air (b)
Bangkok
(BKK)
Koh Samui
14.35
15.40
Bangkok Air (b)
Bangkok
(BKK)
Koh Samui
15.00
16.30
Bangkok Air (b)
Bangkok
(BKK)
Koh Samui
15.35
16.40
Bangkok Air (b)
Bangkok
(BKK)
Koh Samui
16.10
17.15
Bangkok Air (b)
Bangkok
(BKK)
Koh Samui
16.35
18.05
Bangkok Air (b)
Bangkok
(BKK)
Koh Samui
17.35
18.40
Bangkok Air (b)
Bangkok
(BKK)
Koh Samui
18.15
19.45
Bangkok Air (b)
Bangkok
(BKK)
Koh Samui
18.45
20.15
Bangkok Air (b)
Bangkok
(BKK)
Koh Samui
19.30
20.35
Bangkok Air (b)
Bangkok
(BKK)
Koh Samui
20.20
21.50
Bangkok Air (b)
Bangkok
(BKK)
Koh Samui
21.00
22.00


(a) = Flights will get you to Koh Samui in time to catch the boat to Koh Tao the same day.
(b) = Flights will get in too late to catch the boat to Koh Tao. You will need to spend one night in Samui.

Nok Air

Airline
From
To
Dep.
Arr.
Nok Air
Bangkok
(DMK)
Surat Thani
06.20
07.25
Nok Air
Bangkok
(DMK)
Surat Thani
09.20
10.25
Nok Air
Bangkok
(DMK)
Surat Thani
12.35
13.40
Nok Air
Bangkok
(DMK)
Surat Thani
16.00
17.10
Nok Air
Bangkok
(DMK)
Surat Thani
19.45
20.50

 

Airline
From
To
Dep.
Arr.
Nok Air
Bangkok
(DMK)
Chumphon
05.40
06.50
Nok Air
Bangkok
(DMK)
Chumphon
17.25
18.25


Ferry Times
(Surat Thani, Chumphon, Koh Samui)

Service
From
To
Dep.
Arr.
Lomprayah
Koh Samui
(Maenam)
Koh Tao
08.00
10.00
Lomprayah
Koh Samui
(Maenam)
Koh Tao
12.30
14.30
Lomprayah
Koh Samui
(Na Thon)
Koh Tao
17.00
19.00
Seatran
Discovery
Koh Samui
(Bangrak)
Koh Tao
08.00
10.00
Seatran
Discovery
Koh Samui
(Bangrak)
Koh Tao
13.00
15.00
Seatran
Discovery
Koh Samui
(Bangrak)
Koh Tao
16.30
18.30
Lomprayah
Chumphon
Koh Tao
07.30
09.00
Lomprayah
Chumphon
Koh Tao
13.00
15.00
Songserm
Chumphon
Koh Tao
07.00
09.30
Night Boat
Chumphon
Koh Tao
23.00
06.00
Lomprayah (c)
Surat Thani (City)
Koh Tao
09.00
14.15
Lomprayah (c)
Surat Thani (City)
Koh Tao
14.30
18.45
Lomprayah (c)
Surat Thani
(Airport)
Koh Tao
08.30
14.15
Lomprayah (c)
Surat Thani
(Airport)
Koh Tao
13.30
18.45
Night Boat
Surat Thani
(Donsak)
Koh Tao
21.00
06.00


(c) = Bus + boat service from Surat Thani.

Boat services departing from Koh Samui will stop at Koh Phangan en route to Koh Tao, departing again from Koh Phangan 30mins after leaving Koh Samui.

 
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